Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mao Tse-dung

Courtesy of commenter BiloSagdiyev at LGM:
Stalin 'used secret laboratory to analyse Mao's excrement'
According to Russian newspaper reports, in the 1940s Stalin's secret police had set up a special department to get its hands on people's faeces.
The ambitious aim: to analyse samples of foreign leaders' stools.
Apparently Stalin maintained an extensive network of informers and stool-pigeons. Did they keep samples in storage? I am imagining new opportunities in the fiercely-competitive Celebrity Fecal Transplant market.


Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Heh, little brown book...

Smut Clyde said...

Naturally I wonder how seriously Stalin's team of poop analysts took the whole project, and whether they were just going through the motions.

rhwombat said...

I suppose those given the choice of the gulag or 'recruitment' to Beria's Special Directorate XIII (AKA the Second Circle) learned to pick the taurine coprology quickly. Mind you, there was an awful lot of "brass in muck" for the Enlightenment Physician (AKA stool gazing to the aristocracy). Also: Copromancy .

J— said...

From the BBC article:

One of Russia's most popular daily newspapers, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports that Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev, scrapped the project and closed the laboratory.

He buried it!